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ENGL 4922 Advanced Topic Seminar: 20th Century Women Poets (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

How do women poets situate their voices with respect to poetic tradition and all it implies? We’ll begin to answer this by contextualizing H. D., Marianne Moore, and Elizabeth Bishop within modernist frameworks, then consider how they served as influences, models, or foils for a middle generation of female poets (Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, and Adrienne Rich) who broke new ground in terms of claiming a self-authorizing voice and gendered subjectivity. Finally, we’ll examine a wide range of contemporary women poets who perform a freedom from gendered constraints that their poetic foremothers Anne Bradstreet and Emily Dickinson could have only dreamed of.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Suzanne Matson

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 18-Feb-14